I had to think long and hard about linking this. I know that I’m only giving oxygen to a person no one really listens to anyway, but I’m going to link on the basis that “hippy tears are sweet.” This is not an opportunity to educate or debate this clown. Their blog doesn’t have comments. It’s being linked as a window into the sad little world of a sad little man.
It’s been five days since the horrific violence in Colorado and things don’t make any more sense today than they did last Friday morning when James Holmes walked into a packed movie theater, threw down canisters of tear gas and started shooting, killing 12 people and injuring almost 60 others.
Holmes has now made his first court appearance and details continue to emerge about his life and his apartment that he rigged with explosives. Bewildered speculation continues about a possible motive for his random killing spree.
Many pundits and elected officials tell us this is not the time to talk about our gun laws that allowed Holmes to legally assemble an arsenal of full body armor, 6,000 rounds of ammunition, and several weapons including a semi-automatic assault rifle equipped with a drum magazine that holds 100 bullets for firing without the need to reload.
That’s also what many of them told us in January of 2011 when Jared Loughner killed 6 people in Arizona and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner had a magazine of 33 bullets attached to his semi-automatic handgun.
They were shouted down by the hard line pro-gun groups, who have so managed to so twist the debate about gun laws that even the suggestion of any restriction on weapons is considered a violation of the broadly misinterpreted Second Amendment and politicians run the other way.
A few people are asking the same questions now. Why is it legal for anybody to buy magazines that enable them to shoot 100 times without stopping to reload? Not to mention the body armor that Holmes bought for his deadly spree.
Both that drum and the 33-bullet magazine that Jared Loughner used in his deadly rampage were briefly illegal in the United States until Congress declined to renew the ban on semi-automatic assault weapons that expired in 2004.
That was back when at least there was a debate, when politicians were willing to argue publicly about the need to have sensible gun laws that protect both the public and an individual’s constitutional rights.
That seems like a lot longer than eight years ago. The debate now is only what gun laws to loosen. The General Assembly voted in the last session to allow concealed weapons in parks and playgrounds. The House passed a bill to allow them in bars and restaurants.
Politicians routinely have fundraisers at gun ranges where contributors can fire the weapon of their choice and even take part in simulations much like video games where they can shoot shadowy strangers on a screen.
You’d never know it from most of the current rhetoric but we have all agreed that the Second Amendment cannot be absolute or it would be legal for your neighbor to keep a small nuclear weapon in his garage or park a tank in his driveway.
The question is where we draw the line. That’s the debate. It seems like an easy call to at least draw it to prevent anyone from buying military style body armor and magazines that hold 100 bullets or 33. Those are not guns for hunting or self-defense. They are weapons of mass destruction.
Sorry Chris, we’ve talked. You just weren’t invited. We’ve decided that your objections are irrelevant, so we’re just going to continue to restore our gun rights over those objections.
How sad he must be. After 100 years of Democrat rule, Obama’s dreadful first two years handed both houses of North Carolina’s General Assembly to the Republicans. After 40 years of hard work turning the Democrat party from a racist conservative party to a racist socialist party, it all goes up in smoke. They were so close to having everything they wanted and suddenly the voters turned against them. And they did it during the one election that would hand the Republicans free rein to undo a century’s worth of Gerrymandering in favor of the Democrats.
If you’d like to comment on gun law, their other blog has open comments. They aren’t appreciating my telling them that they’ve lost and should pack it in on the whole anti-gun thing. They linked that fantastical Think Progress “even NRA members want gun control” poll. (I should point out that these posts on two different blogs from the same “think tank” are written by two different people)
As reported by the folks at Think Progress, both groups strongly support tougher laws, including requiring people to notify police when their firearms are stolen and placing modest regulations on “concealed carry” permit holders. The findings come on top of other broader surveys that show Americans generally support tougher laws even as they support a general right to bear arms.
I basically said “Prove it.” If you’ve got the polls, you should have the votes, right? Whoops.